This year’s Cirencester Chamber of Commerce Christmas Window competition was judged by an independent panel of judges drawn from the Chamber and the Town and District Councils. who had the difficult task of producing a shortlist and selecting the winner of the Peter Stringfellow Memorial Trophy.
The result was announced at the Chamber’s Christmas Social that took place on Wednesday 8 December at the Growth Hub. The cup was presented to Denzil Vellacott of Walter Bull & Son by Chamber President Adam Vines.
Walter Bull & Son has a heritage spanning over 200 years. Established as a business in 1815 it was located in Theobalds Road WC1 London as primarily a pawnbroker but also retailer of jewellery and silver.
It was not however until 1907 that the business was formally registered and traded under the name Walter Bull and Son. In 1941 the shop was bombed during the blitz and the business complete with all the stock was moved to Horsham Sussex where it was run by Horace Sidney Bull (Walter Bull’s Son). When Horace passed away the business was left to his daughter Jean Gegg nee´ Bull who together with her Husband John Gegg moved the business to the market town of Cirencester in 1960. John Gegg retired in 1980 and his Son Robert Henry Gegg took control and ran the business until 2016.
The managing director and great, great grandson of Walter Bull is James John Gegg. With over a decade of experience in the City James has worked in Global Financial markets and more recently re-trained as a Diamond grader. James has a particular interest in unusual stones and unique antiques pieces.
The Stringfellow Cup was donated to the Chamber in memory of Peter Stringfellow, founder and owner of Crocodile Toy Shop, by his widow, following his premature death, to recognise and support the retailers of the town.
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